Am I Having Twins?Heather K. Scott
Are you feeling as big as a house … in your first trimester? Wondering if all that movement going on in your belly might be from four little arms and four little legs? Take our quiz and find out if twins might be in your future.
Do you feel huge … no, really huge?
In your first trimester did you experience rapid weight gain?
Have your labs come back with highly elevated hCG or AFP values?
Is there a ping-pong tournament going on in your belly?
Are you experiencing extreme pregnancy symptoms (fatigue, morning sickness, moodiness, breast tenderness)?
Do twins run in your family?
Are you a fraternal twin?
Have you previously given birth to twins?
Is this your third, fourth, or greater pregnancy?
Are you over 35 years of age?
Is your uterus measuring large?
Did you get pregnant right after going off the pill?
Have you had infertility treatments?
Do you live in Connecticut or Massachusetts?
Do you live in, or did you conceive in, a warmer climate?
Yes, you may indeed be pregnant with more than one baby!
Before you celebrate (or begin to hyperventilate!), you’ll need to confirm your hunch. An ultrasound is the only surefire way to discern if you have more than one baby on the way. Speak with your doctor. He or she can order an ultrasound as early as six weeks into your pregnancy to see if more than one heart is beating in there!
Chances are that twins are not in your future
However, the best way to know for sure if you need to buy double of all your baby supplies is to have an ultrasound. Between 8 and 12 weeks, you’ll have your first ultrasound. As early as 6 weeks your doctor will be able to discern if you are expecting twins or a single baby in the next nine months. Whether twins are on their way or not, congratulations on your pregnancy!